St Mary’s Woburn Sands promotes CAFOD

Parishioners from St Mary - Woburn Sands

Parishioners from St Mary – Woburn Sands


St Mary’s Woburn Sands welcomed Debbie Purfield (CAFOD coordinator – Northampton Diocese) with open arms on 9 / 10 July. Volunteer Mick Fagan was keen for parishioners to hear about CAFOD’s work as the parish donates regularly to CAFOD and has been doing this for years. “It is good for people to know what happens with their donations” said Mick who was also keen for parishioners to know how Gift Aiding their donations can really make a difference. In 2015, CAFOD claimed £3m in Gift Aid. Rebecca Hackett (parish volunteer) who has been organising the CAFOD collection in the parish for some time and was also keen for all to hear about CAFOD’s work.

Fr Ken Bowen & Mick Fagan

Fr Ken Bowen & Mick Fagan

With Fr Ken Bowen’s support, Mick invited Debbie to give a talk at all masses and after the 10:30am mass on Sunday, there was a bring and share lunch where Debbie gave a presentation about CAFOD’s work in more detail and the vital role volunteers played in it.

Debbie emphasized that CAFOD was the official humanitarian and development agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales and was there to journey with communities. Through giving, campaigning and prayer we can start to tackle the root causes of injustices that keep people in poverty

“I was given such a warm welcome by Fr Ken at all the masses and was touched to hear that CAFOD’s work was prayed for during the bidding prayers. It was really marvelous to experience such support from the parish,” ruminated Debbie. “Fr Ken was keen to keep up the momentum and has even offered the parish hall for CAFOD’s campaign day on 5 Nov 2016! This is really wonderful!”

Several people volunteered to support CAFOD’s work in the parish after the three masses. Some offered to hand out envelopes for fast day and display posters while others offered to give the fast day talk. Mo Okibe (parishioner) commented, “as I heard the talk being given, I said to myself. ‘I really need to do something to help others’. Volunteering in schools seems a great way to start.”

Anyone interested in hearing about CAFOD’s work (focusing on Bolivia) and getting support with speaking at mass is invited to come along from 10am – 1:30pm to either

St Teresa’s Hall, 40 Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 2PL on 17 September or

Ss Francis & Therese Hall, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, Northampton NN4 0RZ on 24 September.


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